What is needed and required in order to be a lawyer?

What is needed and required in order to be a lawyer? Topic: Careers in writing and publishing
June 25, 2019 / By Alysdare
Question: now i am a senior almost out of high school aged 19 and i have alot of plans for the future. i am planning on joining a modeling agency to further prolong my acting and modeling career, while i am also working on getting books and my brothers graphic novels published, which the agency might be able to help with, but i recently found an interest in becoming a lawyer after i wrote this story about one. what exactly am i supposed to do to become a lawyer in the state of arizona?
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Tiara Tiara | 1 day ago
BA/BS + JD. Then pass bar exam. This is the same in every state. Be sure you know what real-life lawyering entails. The burn-out rate is high. The rates of alcoholism and drug abuse are higher. It is nothing like television. Sure, a six-figure salary sounds great until you look at the hours and realize that the salary averages to less than min wage. Great profession if you love to write.
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Tiara Originally Answered: How much training is needed to become a Lawyer?
Lawyers are a dime a dozen, go medical. Heck, there is a shortage of pharmacists and their median wage is $98,000K well above lawyers. Dentists 180,000K median and there is a shortage, and of course a shortage of MDs. From US News, Poor careers for 2006 Attorney. If starting over, 75 percent of lawyers would choose to do something else. A similar percentage would advise their children not to become lawyers. The work is often contentious, and there's pressure to be unethical. And despite the drama portrayed on TV, real lawyers spend much of their time on painstakingly detailed research. In addition, those fat-salaried law jobs go to only the top few percent of an already high-powered lot. Many people go to law school hoping to do so-called public-interest law. (In fact, much work not officially labeled as such does serve the public interest.) What they don't teach in law school is that the competition for those jobs is intense. I know one graduate of a Top Three law school, for instance, who also edited a law journal. She applied for a low-paying job at the National Abortion Rights Action League and, despite interviewing very well, didn't get the job. From the Associated Press, MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A lawmaker who persuaded the Assembly to eliminate all state funding for the University of Wisconsin law school says his reasoning is simple: There's too many lawyers in Wisconsin. From an ABA study about malpractice claims, More Sole Practicioners: There appears to be an increasing trend toward sole practicioners, due partly to a lack of jobs for new lawyers, but also due to increasing dissatisfaction among experienced lawyers with traditional firms; leading to some claims which could have been avoided with better mentoring. New Lawyers: Most insurers have noticed that many young lawyers cannot find jobs with established firms, and so are starting their own practices without supervision or mentoring. This is likely to cause an increase in malpractice claims, although the claims may be relatively small in size due to the limited nature of a new lawyers “In a survey conducted back in 1972 by the American Bar Association, seventy percent of Americans not only didn’t have a lawyer, they didn’t know how to find one. That’s right, thirty years ago the vast majority of people didn’t have a clue on how to find a lawyer. Now it’s almost impossible not to see lawyers everywhere you turn." Growth of Legal Sector Lags Broader Economy; Law Schools Proliferate For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better. Big law firms this year boosted their starting salaries to as high as $160,000. But the majority of law-school graduates are suffering from a supply-and-demand imbalance that's suppressing pay and job growth. The result: Graduates who don't score at the top of their class are struggling to find well-paying jobs to make payments on law-school debts that can exceed $100,000. Some are taking temporary contract work, reviewing documents for as little as $20 an hour, without benefits. And many are blaming their law schools for failing to warn them about the dark side of the job market. The law degree that Scott Bullock gained in 2005 from Seton Hall University -- where he says he ranked in the top third of his class -- is a "waste," he says. Some former high-school friends are earning considerably more as plumbers and electricians than the $50,000-a-year Mr. Bullock is making as a personal-injury attorney in Manhattan. To boot, he is paying off $118,000 in law-school debt. A slack in demand appears to be part of the problem. The legal sector, after more than tripling in inflation-adjusted growth between 1970 and 1987, has grown at an average annual inflation-adjusted rate of 1.2% since 1988, or less than half as fast as the broader economy, according to Commerce Department data. On the supply end, more lawyers are entering the work force, thanks in part to the accreditation of new law schools and an influx of applicants after the dot-com implosion earlier this decade. In the 2005-06 academic year, 43,883 Juris Doctor degrees were awarded, up from 37,909 for 2001-02, according to the American Bar Association. Universities are starting up more law schools in part for prestige but also because they are money makers. Costs are low compared with other graduate schools and classrooms can be large. Since 1995, the number of ABA-accredited schools increased by 11%, to 196. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the inflation-adjusted average income of sole practitioners has been flat since the mid-1980s. A recent survey showed that out of nearly 600 lawyers at firms of 10 lawyers or fewer in Indiana, wages for the majority only kept pace with inflation or dropped in real terms over the past five years. Many students "simply cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur," wrote Richard Matasar, dean of New York Law School, in 2005, concluding that, "We may be reaching the end of a golden era for law schools." Now, debate is intensifying among law-school academics over the integrity of law schools' marketing campaigns. David Burcham, dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, considered second-tier, says the school makes no guarantees to students that they will obtain jobs. OK, I have to interject right here. Did a dean of a law school basically say you could go through all the nonsense of getting into law school, law school, ethics exam, bar exam and you should not expect some sort of gainful employment after you are through? You might as well go to Las Vegas and put your tuition money on the rouelette table and let it ride, you may have better odds of making money than going to his school and getting a decent paying law job. This guy is a jerk. Yet economic data suggest that prospects have grown bleaker for all but the top students, and now a number of law-school professors are calling for the distribution of more-accurate employment information. Incoming students are "mesmerized by what's happening in big firms, but clueless about what's going on in the bottom half of the profession," says Richard Sander, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who has studied the legal job market. But in law schools' self-published employment data, "private practice" doesn't necessarily mean jobs that improve long-term career prospects, for that category can include lawyers working under contract without benefits, such as Israel Meth. A 2005 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he earns about $30 an hour as a contract attorney reviewing legal documents for big firms. He says he uses 60% of his paycheck to pay off student loans -- $100,000 for law school on top of $100,000 for the bachelor's degree he received from Columbia University. "Most people graduating from law school," he says, "are not going to be earning big salaries." Adding to the burden for young lawyers: Tuition growth at law schools has almost tripled the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, leading to higher debt for students and making starting salaries for most graduates less manageable, especially in expensive cities. Graduates in 2006 of public and private law schools had borrowed an average of $54,509 and $83,181, up 17% and 18.6%, respectively, from the amount borrowed by 2002 graduates, according to the American Bar Association. But just as common -- and much less publicized -- are experiences such as that of Sue Clark, who this year received her degree from second-tier Chicago-Kent College of Law, one of six law schools in the Chicago area. Despite graduating near the top half of her class, she has been unable to find a job and is doing temp work "essentially as a paralegal," she says. "A lot of people, including myself, feel frustrated about the lack of jobs," she says. The market is particularly tough in big cities that boast numerous law schools. Mike Altmann, 29, a graduate of New York University who went to Brooklyn Law School, says he accumulated $130,000 in student-loan debt and graduated in 2002 with no meaningful employment opportunities -- one offer was a $33,000 job with no benefits. So Mr. Altmann became a contract attorney, reviewing electronic documents for big firms for around $20 to $30 an hour, and hasn't been able to find higher-paying work since. Some new lawyers try to hang their own shingle. Matthew Fox Curl graduated in 2004 from second-tier University of Houston in the bottom quarter of his class. After months of job hunting, he took his first job working for a sole practitioner focused on personal injury in the Houston area and made $32,000 in his first year. He quickly found that tort-reform legislation has been "brutal" to Texas plaintiffs' lawyers and last year left the firm to open up his own criminal-defense private practice. He's making less money than at his last job and has thought about moving back to his parents' house. "I didn't think three years out I'd be uninsured, thinking it's a great day when a crackhead brings me $500." Here is an example ad in Massachusetts for an experienced attorney, that mentions salary, it was posted this week. Most jobs don't state salary in the ad cause the pay is pretty low. Office of the District Attorney, criminal attorney, for the Bristol County District seeks staff attorney for the Appellate Division. Excellent writing skills and a passion for appellate advocacy are a must. Salary $37,500. Preference given to candidates who live in or will relocate to Bristol County. LOL, secretaries with no college can make more. What is even more sad is there will probably be like 50-100 lawyers that send in their resume for this ad. Here is another attorney ad. They pay 3
Tiara Originally Answered: How much training is needed to become a Lawyer?
I think in the US you need to attend law school (probably for 2-3 years). Most reputable law schools require the LSAT and a 4 year degree before getting into law school. So you're looking at at least 6-7 years of school. Then, of course, you have to take the bar exam.
Tiara Originally Answered: How much training is needed to become a Lawyer?
To get into an ABA (American Bar Association) law school, you have to a Bachelor's degree, take the LSAT (law school admissions test) and then go to law school for 3 years (4 if you go part time). After that, you take the bar exam. Hope this answers your question!
Tiara Originally Answered: How much training is needed to become a Lawyer?
i want to be a lawyer too! well, i read that you need a 4 yer college degree and you need to go to law school for 3 years. hope that info kinda helps. can you asnwer mine? ( cry )

Tiara Originally Answered: Are you required by the Constitution to have a driver's license in order to drive on public roads?
This question gets asked and asked and asked here. There are also many many many court opionions that have addressed what you have asked. The Constitution does not address flying planes without a license or hacking into someone's computer. Doesn't mean you can though. The Constitution is a guideline that is continually interpreted by the Supreme Court. You have a legal right to drive. On the cases you list, you gloss over statements the court makes like may not prohibit AT WILL or WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. State and federal government cannot deprive you of the right to drive "just becase". They can, however, enact laws that protect the rights of every driver on the road - like making sure a 5 year old isn't behind the wheel, or that someone who is legally blind is not behind the wheel, or requiring licenses and registrations so that if you are in an accident there is a way for you to seek reimbursement, to put up toll booths to pay for road construction, to ensure that cars being driven have passed inspection so that wheels don't come flying off cars, to put up traffic signals so there is order to traffic flow, etc. As you present in Boggs - "statutes that violate.....common right and common reason are null and void". It is obviously common right and common reason to set up a system to regulate traffic and drivers. It is not a violation of this right to require that you stop at stop signs, drive at reasonable speeds, lose your license for driving while intoxicated, etc. If states did not require this, other people on the road would be deprived of "life liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
Tiara Originally Answered: Are you required by the Constitution to have a driver's license in order to drive on public roads?
To best answer your question yes to drive you do but as to just travel from point A to point B no you don't. A drivers license is for commerce and trade. If you register your vehicle you just registered it as government property and now no longer own it. If you do not register your vehicle then it is still yours. If the police or any for that matter tows your vehicle they have committed a felony theft charge. If its not registered they CAN NOT take YOUR property away. If it is register they CAN take THEIR property away. The govt. is tricking everyone into signing their rights away without them knowingly doing it. Once you do then the Constitution plays no part in your life anymore. Once all the so called "tin-foil heads" are gone they can completely wipe the constitution out and take full control. The Constitution was made to limit the control that the govt. had over the people to insure that we were not deprived of our life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness. By all means you want to sign your life away go ahead. But I ain't govt. property and neither is my automobile. Therefore I won't register my car and I won't get a drivers license. P.S. I've noticed that a lot of people with insurance are lazy and very lousy drivers! I don't have insurance or a license and use my turn signal everyday as to where vehicles that have tags and insurance I pass everyday on the side of the road wrecked. Why? Because car insurance has made them lazy and careless. Its not like the moneys is gonna make or break them right!... Drop the insurance and we got a lot of people afraid of getting in a wreck because they can't afford it. Then what do you get? A VERY SUPER SAFE ROADWAY!!!! Do you see where I'm coming from? They can't afford to replace a rear-end, therefore they will put down their ******* PHONES and drive!!!!!
Tiara Originally Answered: Are you required by the Constitution to have a driver's license in order to drive on public roads?
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/yb5PF I believe they can do so under color of law. When a "peace officer" activates that red light on their car your only lawful action is to yield to that red light. If the officer keeps that red light on and is behind your car, you are not free to go, you are under arrest, although most police will say its only a detention. The test is to ask if you are free to go, if you are not free to go you are under arrest. The officer under California law can perform a warrantless arrest under the vehicle code. However as you pointed out the vehicle code can only be used upon commercial vehicles, this is why the DMV is so adamant in issuing Commercial Class C drivers licenses to all people so the officers can pull over just about any car as the vast majority of citizens have admitted to being Class C or other commercial class of driver. Once you show your License you establish you are a driver and subject to regulation. If you are not driving a commercial vehicle, California law Vehicle Code Sec. 260(a),(b) can be enlightening. Section 260(a) defines the type of vehicle required to be registered (regulated) under the Vehicle Code, commercial vehicles. Section 260(b) flat out states private cars and housecars are not commercial vehicles. As a citizen you are supposed to have the logical brain power to infer if Commercial Vehicles are required to be regulated, and private cars are not commercial vehicles, then priavte cares are not required to be registered (regulated). This is why in farming communities a truck with the NOT FOR HIRE sign can use the public roads unregistered (politicians have placed restrictions on this in recent decades, talk to some old timers they will set you straight). So when a peace officer who has taken POST training demands a license, he is making several assumptions, one you have a Drivers License and two, you were engaged in the activity of driving, moving goods or persons for hire via the public easement. If these two presumptions can be proven unfounded then you as a citizen would have excellent grounds for filing a Title 42 Section 1983 action against the offending officer, as well as a Title 18 Section 242. Even if the officer beats the Civilr Rights case, he can't beat the ride you get to take him on through the federal court. So if you feel an offcier has violated your freedoms by giving you a ticket, sue him, at the very least you can pay him back for making you jump trough the Superior Court System, by making the officer jump through the Federal Court System. The right to travel is a god given right, including the right to travel in the conveyance of the day unhindered by government actors.

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